Vyasar Ganesan

There’s a lot to love about this series. The way it deals with society’s criminalization of clothing, of black culture and black people. The heavy stylizing of Harlem and the characters who inhabit it, going past caricature and into something deeper, into what it means to be black. But I think my favorite part of […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

Trayvon Martin’s death marks one of the most significant moments in the history of the hooded sweatshirt (henceforth referred to as a hoodie). The hoodie has been made to seem synonymous with Black American culture, but it’s also lent its stylings to thug culture, criminal culture, “badassery” culture and anonymizing culture. As an item of […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

We live in a world that is full of people. We see some of them every day, we recognize the big names and the prominent celebrities, but we also face familiar individuals, people that interact with us on the interpersonal level, individuals who do not affect the world at large, but small parts, microcosms, samples […]

  Robin Lempel

I’m not old enough to be nostalgic for the ‘80s. And yet, I am. Plus, Winona Ryder is one of my all-time favorite actresses (from the angst in Heathers, and Bettlejuice in the ‘80s to Edward Scissorhands, Girl, Interrupted, and Reality Bites in the ‘90s and more, she just got me). So when I heard […]

  Saiya Floyd

Finally, finally, after months of waiting, Jessica Jones is here. Since the first stills of Krysten Ritter in character as Jessica were released, I was ready for this show, and the first episode not disappoint. In a world with a lot of superhero TV shows already airing, and more planned, Jessica Jones has no trouble […]

  Robin Lempel

Episodes 8 through 11 of Orange is the New Black (“Fear, and Other Smells,” “Where my Dreidel At,” “A Tittin’ and a Hairin,’” and “We Can Be Heroes”) got intense. We saw backstories from Alex, Leanne, Pennsatucky, and Caputo. Leanne’s backstory was particularly interesting. We’ve seen her become more and more aggressive in the Norma […]

  Robin Lempel

Orange is the New Black is back! It seems like we’ve been waiting forever to check in with the women at Litchfield Penitentiary, and the first two episodes of season three, “Mother’s Day” and “Bed Bugs and Beyond,” were incredible. “Mother’s Day” was the perfect way to open up season three. Alex came back! And […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a lot like that theme song: at first a little annoying, then surprisingly catchy, before you suddenly realize how smart it is. I mainlined the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I couldn’t have done episode by episode recaps if I’d wanted to. Despite being originally created for NBC’s normal lineup, […]

  Saiya Floyd

At one point during the pilot episode of Netflix’s newest series, Marco Polo, Marco’s father shares a nugget of wisdom. Niccolò Polo, a seasoned merchant and traveler, tells Marco the key to surviving long journeys is knowing where home is, and knowing that you can always go back. Marco Polo should take a bit of […]